The round up for 22 to 28 December 2013.
There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.
Sunday 22 December, in 1888 in New York, the repose of the Servant of God Isaac Hecker. Priest from New York and founder of the Paulist Fathers, his devotion was to dialogue with the Protestant majority in nineteenth century New York. His cause has only been open for a few years.
Monday 23 December, in 1672 in Wisconsin, the memorial of the martyrdom of Jean Guerin. He was a Jesuit donné serving as a missionary in the midwest, where he is presumed to have died a martyr. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 23 December, of interest to Peru, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Francisco Camacho.
Tuesday 24 December, I have nothing.
Wednesday 25 December, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1652 of Marie-Amile Picard. A mystic and stigmatist, she is one of a number of such mystics in that time in Brittany. I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.
Also 25 December, of interest to the Orthodox, particularly ROCOR, the celebration on the old style calendar of the First Martyrs of the American Land, to wit Ss Juvenal of Alaska and Peter the Aleut.
Also 25 December and of interest to the Orthodox, universally, the feast of S Herman of Alaska. I understand some Orthodox celebrate this as an alternative to Western Christmas.
Thursday 26 December, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1860 of the Venerable Servant of God Jean-Marie Robert de la Mennais (or Jean-Marie de Lamennais). A priest and founder, he is most known for his work on educational institutes. He was declared Venerable in 1966.
Friday 27 December, also of interest to the Breton, the martyrdom in 1994 of the Servant of God Alain Dieulangard. Born in Brittany, he joined the White Fathers and worked in Algeria. He and three other White Fathers were martyred that day. He is listed among the Martyrs of Algeria, whose collective cause was opened in 2007.
Saturday 28 December, in New Mexico in 1631, the martyrdom of Pedro Miranda. His murder at the hands of some of the Native Americans is suspected to have been brought on at the instigation of the local religious authorities who opposed the Christian teachings on marriage. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 28 December, in 1897, the repose of William Corby. A religious priest with the Congregation of the Holy Cross, he is best remembered for his presence at the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was a Union chaplain. He is said to have developed a general absolution rite for his soldiers, but I don’t know exactly what is meant by that. General absolution long predates the War Between the States. In any case, I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.